Winemaker // Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson - Owner & Winemaker

Eric Johnson - Owner & Winemaker

Owner & Winemaker Eric Johnson discovered his passion for wine and winemaking while attending Cal Poly, where he studied Wine and Viticulture and Agricultural Business Management. He is also the winemaker at Talley Vineyards, since 2010, and got his start in the industry there in 2007. He was raised on a family farm in Los Banos, California, and given his background in farming, has a unique understanding of the role the land plays in determining wine quality. “I believe that the world’s greatest wines are defined by place as opposed to winemaking manipulation.”

Eric is involved in the local wine scene and serves on the Board of Directors for the World of Pinot Noir and is a member of the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Advisory Council.  He has traveled to France, Italy, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile for the opportunity to explore wine regions or work harvests. In his spare time, Eric enjoys sports, food, family, friends, and wine.  He lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife, Cait, and their yellow labrador, Buster.


Old world essence with a California touch.


Eric has found that certain vineyards yield the most elegant results. Traveling around the globe, he has studied various techniques and styles that have helped him cultivate a singular, yet international style. He is currently making chardonnay from 2 different vineyards, Zotovich Vineyard in Santa Rita Hills, and Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. He is also making gamay from a biodynamically farmed vineyard, Martian Ranch Vineyard, in Los Alamos.